FPIA ~ Join us! Flying Pond Improvement Association is a 501(c)3 not-for profit organization. Gifts to FPIA are tax deductible to the full extent of IRS regulations. Click "donate"below or scan QR code to join, pay your dues, and/or to make a donation. Thank you!
Additional donations for the Dam Fund, programs or memorials are gratefully accepted! If you prefer, payments may be sent by check to: FPIA PO Box 143. Mt. Vernon, ME 04352 Thank you for your support!!
What does FPIA do? Together we...
Inspect, repair and maintain the dam
Monitor water quality
Provide Invasive Plant Patrol and education
Provide Courtesy Boat Inspections
Help build community
Provide a quarterly e-newsletter
We cannot do it without you ...THANK YOU!
Safety Zones and Headway Speed Map This map and information may be helpful to you as well as any guests you might have. Please share and help us preserve the shoreline and peacefulness of Flying Pond for everyone to enjoy! Map credit: Rick Christianson
Flying Pond. Water Safety & Headway Speed Only/No Wake Zones
The Flying Pond Improvement Association needs your help and cooperation in protecting the quality of our lake. Some boaters on Flying Pond are not observing the “Headway Speed Only” (No Wake), control markers (buoys), or respecting the requirement for Headway Speed Only in Water Safety Zones. Headway Speed is the slowest speed at which it is still possible to maintain steering and control of the vessel. This not only increases the risk of soil erosion along the shoreline, due to the scouring action of watercraft wakes, but can also damage nearby boats and docks. Soil erosion is a genuine threat to water quality in all bodies of water, and flying Pond is no exception. Maine’s Shoreline Zoning laws, which strictly regulate development near shorelines, are intended to protect water quality by minimizing the potential for soil erosion in these areas. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife is responsible for enforcement of boating regulations in “Waters of the State of Maine”. The DIF7W publishes a booklet entitled The Boater’s Guide to Maine Boating Laws and Responsibilities. The most recent edition of the booklet is a “user-Friendly” handbook containing state laws pertaining to boating in Maine. Copies of this booklet are typically available at most Town Halls. All boaters and lakefront property owners are encouraged to obtain one and become familiar with its contents. The handbook defines Water Safety Zone as “the area of water within 200 feet of any shoreline, whether the shoreline of the mainland or an island.” It also states that it is unlawful to “operate a vessel at greater than headway speed while within 200 feet of any shoreline, including islands” and “Operators must consider the effect of their vessel’s wake on waterfront piers, floats, other property, or shorelines.” Due to its irregular shape, narrowness in some areas, and numerous islands, there are 10 locations on Flying Pond where “control buoys” are placed each season to mark specific Water Safety Zones. All of these buoys, which are white with red markings, delineate Water Safety Zones, and require Headway Speed Only (No Wake) between the buoy and the shoreline. Where there is insufficient area to operate a watercraft without encroaching into a Water Safety Zone, the entire width of the water is considered, and is therefore subject to the “No Wake” requirement. There are 6 locations on Flying Pond marked by single buoys. At these locations, boaters are limited to Headway Speed between the buoy and the shoreline. At 5 of these locations, both sides of the buoy are designated Water Safety Zones. At the only location where boys are paired (at the entrance to the ‘narrows’), speed is unlimited between buoys but is limited to headway speed between each buoy and the shoreline. Many of the islands in Flying Pond are close to the shoreline of the mainland, or to that of an island, causing the respective Water Safety Zones to overlap. There are no “headway Speed Only” buoys in all of these locations. Nevertheless, the Headway Speed Only requirement applies in all such areas. The remaining areas, outside the Water Safety Zones, are very narrow passages that must be carefully negotiated if moving at a speed greater than headway. Please be aware that the absence a control buoy does not mean that a particular location is not considered a Water Safety Zone. To assist property owners on Flying Pond and their guests, as well as other boaters, the Flying Pond Improvement Association has prepared a map of the pond illustrating the current locations of the Headway Speed only buoys and all Water Safety Zones (above). For the benefit of all that use and enjoy our beautiful pond, it is our hope that all boaters become familiar with these areas and make a sincere effort to comply with the State regulations. However, since there is only periodic enforcement by the Maine Warden Service, compliance with these and all other boating regulations is somewhat voluntary. Consequently, all of us rely upon the awareness of others, and their willingness to cooperate with these regulations, to ensure that the quality of our pond is preserved. Further, we must all be aware that shorelines are no less erodible before the buoys are placed each spring, or after they have been removed each fall. Consequently, it is up to all boaters to respect the speed restrictions at all times, even when no are buoys present. To encourage awareness and compliance, the FPIA Board has distributed a copy of the map showing the Water Safety Zones on Flying Pond to all FPIA Members and will be posting copies in public locations. Please help us protect your asset by becoming familiar with the Water Safety Zone regulations and encouraging cooperation by family members, guests, and other boaters utilizing the public launch ramp. For further information, please contact the Flying Pond Improvement Association.
Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Anglers can find the current fishing laws and rules online using this link. If you would like more information, or need questions answered, please call the Regional Fisheries Offices at these locations and numbers: Region A – Gray (207) 657-2345; Region B - Sidney (207) 547-5300; Region C - Jonesboro (207) 434-5925; Region D – Strong (207) 778-3322; Region E - Greenville (207) 695-3756 ext. 2; Region F - Enfield (207) 732-4131; Region G - Ashland (207) 435-3231.
Maine has a Lead-Free Law. Click here to go to fishleadfree.org for more information. Protect our loons.
FPIA ~ Our Purpose "The Purposes of the Flying Pond Improvement Association are, first, to oversee the needs of the Dam on Flying Pond and the Water-Rights, Access Points and the Dam Site on the outlet side of the Mill Pond in Mt. Vernon; secondly, to assume responsibility for the overall well-being of Flying Pond, with particular emphasis on its ecological health; and, finally, to encourage and support safe and lake-related activities that are beneficial not only to our members, but also to all residents of the Mt. Vernon/Vienna vicinity."
Remember the law ~
be courteous and protect our shores!
What is Headway Speed? Headway speed means "no wake" within 200 feet of any shore. Maine law says that headway speed "means the minimum speed necessary to maintain steerage and control of the watercraft while the watercraft is moving." All watercraft must be at or under headway speed when within 200 feet of ANY shore. Maine Boating Laws New to the pond? Need information to give to renters or guests? Maine Boating Laws protect all of us. Click below to access them:
MAINE LAKES FREE VIRTUAL CONFERENCES! In light of COVID-19, Maine Lakes has taken the content of our 2020 in-person conference and created a series of weekly Wednesday webinars. All webinars are planned to run for 45 minutes. All are free, but require registration (see below for more information). We hope you can join us for one or all of these exciting, informative and interactive webinars! Questions? Call (207) 495-2301 or email email@example.com. https://mainelakessociety.org/maine-lakes-conference/
We LOVE our LOONS! Did you know...
Common Loons are protected by state and federal laws prohibiting harassment of wildlife?
Maine Lakes Society has partnered with Maine Audubon to "recognize homeowners whose practices protect loon habitat." Read more about it here: http://mainelakessociety.org/loon-smart/
On Flying Pond we have had loon eggs hatch, but none have survived in recent years. Eagles, turtles, skunks, raccoons, and human disturbance can all be deadly. PLEASE help our loons as much as you can by being respectful. Loons need plenty of room without being disturbed. Enjoy them - but keep a good, safe distance. It makes sense AND it's the law. For more information about the law or to report violations, contact the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at (207)287-8000. "Enjoy the loons - but give them room!!"
Refurbished sign at the boat ramp! It took a bit of time and teamwork, but the volunteers had some fun, too ! They found a signature that told them the original sign was built by Joe Power of Ashland, Maine in 1997. Some new wood, plexiglass and stain make it look fantastic! Please let the folks who worked on it know how much we appreciate their efforts! A huge "THANK YOU" goes out to: Nancy and Todd Hemphill, Len and Debbie Roe, Bonnie Hemphill, Aaron Paul, Paul Crockett and Becky Regan for completing this summer project!
One of many part time Courtesy Boat Inspectors helping on summer weekends, provided through our 30 Mile River partnership. Volunteer Inspectors are on duty at other times and are also a vital part of keeping our pond free from invasive weeds. Training is provided and we always welcome new volunteers!
FUN on the FOURTH!
Here are a few photos of the fun on our annual boat parade. Beautiful day to be out on the pond!! Thanks to Nancy Hemphill for providing photos.
Capturing a Glimpse of the Pond!
Thanks to Jack Groetzinger for this beautiful, peaceful video view of our pond!
Safely Dispose of Lead Tackle: The Dr. Shaw Memorial Library and the Transfer Station in Mt. Vernon have kindly offered to collect lead tackle and dispose of it safely. Please bring your lead tackle there for proper disposal!